Kandariya Mahadev Temple Case Study

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4.1 Discussion on Symbolism by analysing the temple forms:
4.1.1 2D Formation:
2D formation of a temple means the formation of plan of the temple. There are certain symbolic patterns followed by the craftsmen and architects of these awe inspiring temples. Some of the depictions of those symbolic patterns are hereby discussed in the following section.
4.1.1.1 The Temple and the Yantra:
The main three required thing for worship is Yantra, Mantra and Tantra. There are several Yantras in Hindu Worship process like as Shree Yantra, Vishnu Yantra, Shiva Yantra, Matri Yantra etc. There are some Tantric Yantras also. The belief is, the worshipper has to do tantra with mantra in a yantra. Yantra elevate the materialistic soul to the eternal soul. Therefore, the craftsmen built the temples in a form
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Even, mythological beliefs are also connected with this mountain range. It is so huge in size and unexplored to common people that they used to think that it tends to the heaven and they had a strong belief that Gods live in Himalayas like Mount Kailash is the abode of lord Shiva. That concept they applied in temple making. They wanted to give it a formation of carved mountain as it is also considered to be an abode of God. Even the mountains again depict the upward gazing faces of mother Vasudha, the earth. Silhouette of Jagannath Temple, Puri and section of Kandariya Mahadev Temple, Khajuraho
Ref: http://ak5.picdn.net/shutterstock/videos/1388590/preview/stock-footage-a-spire-on-an-indian-temple-stands-silhouetted-against-the-sun.jpg This collage of upward-gazing faces shaped like a mountain is based on a face drawn by A.K. Coomaraswamy. Collage by William J.

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